Leech infestation of garden ponds
Appeared on Space For Nature on 2nd February 2004
Some ponds in the far south of England have experienced much higher populations of leeches than normal for the time of year.
The ponds in question are in Wootton on the Isle of Wight. Normally, cold winter weather will kill the leeches, but the hitherto mild weather this year has left more than the usual number of the large leeches (some up to two inches long). The leeches are killing quantities of toads and frogs, much to the distress of the garden pond owners who are hoping for colder weather to kill the leeches off.
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